Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? That question has vexed poetry lovers for decades. It's also a good question for florists and gardeners: it seems that the scent of many of the modern varieties grown for use by florists pales in comparison to old-fashioned garden roses.
Roses are divided into three classes. Species roses feature simple five-petaled flowers and colorful hips; old garden roses offer a delicate beauty and a wonderful perfume, usually white or pastel in color; modern roses are prized for their rich colors and luxurious shapes with a subtle aroma that varies among species. Successfully growing roses requires a lot of sunlight, frequent pruning and fertilization, and great deal of TLC, but their beauty, complexity, and intoxicating fragrance are extremely rewarding [source: The Flower Expert].
For more information on sweet-smelling blooms, follow your nose to the next page.
- BHG.com. "The Best Fragrant Flowers for Your Garden." (Accessed April 8, 2011) http://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/styles/fragrant-plant-favorites/.
- Ferguson, Danielle. "Sweetly Scented Annuals." Fine Gardening. (Accessed April 7, 2011) http://www.finegardening.com/print.aspx?id=107858.
- Reed, Rebecca Bull. "Enchanting Wisteria." Southern Living.com. April 2008. (Accessed April 11, 2011)http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/gardens/enchanting-wisteria-00400000010286/
- The Flower Expert.com. "Frangipani." (Accessed April 11, 2011)http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/aboutflowers/tropicalflowers/frangipani
- The Flower Expert.com. "Roses." (Accessed April 9, 2011) http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/mostpopularflowers/rose
- Thigpen, Charlie. "Scents of the South." Southern Living.com. 2004. (Accessed April 11, 2011)http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/gardens/scents-south-00400000006664/
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